The Rotary Club of Monroe recently made a $27,000 donation to The Foundation at Monroe County Community College to fund scholarships in both the short- and long-term.

The donation includes $25,000 to establish the Rotary Club of Monroe Scholarship endowed fund from which investment proceeds will provide at least one annual scholarship to a graduate of a Monroe County high school who attends MCCC and demonstrates a need for financial assistance. The Rotary Club of Monroe’s scholarship will benefit students whose character reflects Rotary’s core values of integrity, service, fellowship, leadership and diversity.  The remaining $2,000 of the donation will provide two initial $1,000 scholarships, one each for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.

“The Rotary Club of Monroe considers MCCC to be one of Monroe County’s most valuable assets,” said Donald M. Lieto, president of the club. “For decades Monroe Rotary has provided scholarships to individual students through their high schools. We are very pleased to be able to fund this scholarship endowment so that Rotary scholarships will continue to benefit future MCCC students for many years to come.”

“Monroe Rotary’s donation is the 60th endowed scholarship established with The Foundation at MCCC,” said Dr. Joshua W. Myers, executive director of The Foundation at MCCC. “The Monroe Rotary endowed scholarship will have a lasting impact on the lives of MCCC students for generations.  I want to thank Don for his leadership and the membership of Monroe Rotary for their hard work to raise the funds that made this incredible gift possible.  Their work truly embodies Rotary’s motto of ‘service above self.’” 

About The Foundation at Monroe County Community College

The Foundation at Monroe County Community College is the charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the educational and cultural experience of our students and community.

The Foundation at MCCC leverages voluntary support from donors to enhance the educational, literary, scientific, and cultural experience by helping Monroe County Community College meet its mission. The Foundation at MCCC touches thousands of lives each year through cultural arts programs, scholarships, and educational initiatives that guide and shape the business and civic leaders of tomorrow. Just as important, The Foundation offers a means for individuals of all ages and walks of life to express their philanthropy, act on their concerns, and follow the dictates of their hearts.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at

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 Don Lieto (left), president of the Rotary Club of Monroe, presented the $27,000 gift to establish a $25,000 scholarship endowment fund and provide two initial $1,000 scholarships, to Dr. Josh W. Myers (center), executive director of The Foundation at MCCC and Dr. Kojo Quartey, president of MCCC during a recent Monroe Rotary meeting. 

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